June 23 – July 7 (Mondays 2-4 p.m.) – Nine Poets To Change Your Life, Osher Institute. Literature and writing class focused on nine life-changing poets. Brandon Wood, 4730 Brandon Woods Terr., Lawrence. Registration required.
June 25-July 9 (Wednesdays 2-4 p.m.) – Triumph Over Terror: How Two Men Survived Nazi Horror, Osher Institute course I’m teaching, based on my book, Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor and Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other, Brewster Place Retirement Community, 1205 SW 29th Street Topeka. Registration required.
June 29 – Mid-Summer Writing Retreat, 1-5 p.m., Turning Point: The Center for Hope and Healing, 8900 State Line Rd., Leawood, KS. Free, but pre-registration required.
July 10 – Reading from Poem on the Range – Astra Arts Festival, 3-4 p.m., Landon House, Independence, KS. Come for the day to hear Tom Averill, Wyatt Townley, Lori Baker Martin, Jim Hoy, and to see The Fantasticks or hear some great bluegrass. Please join me for my book launch for my memoir about being the Kansas poet laureate.
July 22 – When Love is at the Wheel: An Evening of Music and Poetry with Kelley Hunt & Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, 7:30 p.m., Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation, 917 Highland, Lawrence. Join poet Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and singer-songwriter Kelley Hunt for a special evening of Kelley performing their co-written music, and Caryn reading her original poetry in this powerful exploration and celebration of love and life. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door. Get tickets here at www.BraveVoice.com.
July 29 - Reading from Poem on the Range and with Roy J. Beckemeyer reading from Music I Could Once Dance To, 7 p.m., The Raven Bookstore, Lawrence, KS. Come to our Coal City Press new releases party!
Sept. 18-21 – The Power of Words: Transformation, Liberation and Celebration Through the Spoken, Written and Sung Word, Lake Doniphan retreat center, Excelsior Springs, MO. featuring keynoters Kelley Hunt, Kevin Willmott, Doug Lipman, Scott Cairns, five state poets laureate, plus workshops, performances, talking circles, celebration and more, featuring writers, storytellers, performers, musicians, community leaders, activists, educators, and health professionals. The conference, founded in 2003, features workshops in four tracks: narrative medicine, social change, right livelihood (and making a living through the arts), and engaged spirituality, with 30 presenters from across the country. One of the best events of my year, and perhaps yours too? Scholarships and work-study available. Registration required.